Adobe Illustrator and Intro to Typography Portrait

posted May 12, 2011, 8:47 AM by Bill Blevins   [ updated May 12, 2011, 8:55 AM ]
Download the file at the bottom of this post labeled "typography portrait".
Create a new Adobe Illustrator file for the web.
Name it "sample typography assignment"
Insert the gif image in your Illustrator file by going to File/Place and selecting the file.
Note - If your computer will not allow you to place this image, pull it from the webpage onto the Illustrator workspace.
Call this layer "original portrait"
Create a new layer and call in "practice portrait"
Click on the Type tool and create a text box across the top of the document.
In the characters options window box that popped up at the top, change the font type to Ariel and the size to 21 pt.
Type out the small letters of the alphabet, the capital letters, the numbers and the shift characters on the numbered keys at the top of the keyboard.
To get the text ungrouped...
While the text box is selected with the selection tool, got to Type/Create Outlines.
Next, go to Object/Ungroup
Move the letters/symbols around to recreate the sample portrait.
When completed hide the "original portrait" layer by clicking on the "eye".
Save as an illustrator document and then export as a JPG image
Place image in your Digital Media portfolio in a new webpage titled "Adobe Illustrator"

Have more time...
When completed, take a portrait photo of yourself and place it on a new Illustrator file.

Lesson from Paul Burkhard, Technology Instructor, Highland High School
Bill Blevins,
May 12, 2011, 8:48 AM